Yoga Poses | Styles & Benefits
Many yogis believe that the hips harbor negative feelings and emotions. Many hip opener postures may in fact help you dump the negative feelings and welcome a better attitude.
It’s worth mentioning that the hips are in the Second Chakra, also called the Savadhisthana. This chakra is associated with desire, sexuality, sexual desires and pleasures. As a result, many suggest that opening the hips can spark your sensual side.
Hip opener poses include Lizard Pose, Compass Pose, Mermaid Pose, Seated Wide Legged Forward Fold Pose and many others. As a matter of fact, it can be argued that most all postures help open the hips to some degree.
Backbends & Heart Openers
Are you a goal setter? If yes, then backbends should be a perfect fit for your practice. Deeper backbends require dedication and persistence, the pursuit of these more challenging postures offer the chance to achieve and flourish! As a result, backbends can create a feeling of accomplishment and build great confidence and body awareness!
Good posture is very attractive and poor posture is the opposite! Luckily, backbend and chest openers can do wonders to help our posture! If you find yourself slumping and hunching all day, then the addition of backbends to your life could very well improve your posture and appearance. Heart openers will open your chest, pull back your shoulders and hopefully train you to stand tall and proud!
Backbends can also change your view or perspective! Some backbend postures can almost reach the feeling of being upside down. This feature of backbends creates a totally new way of seeing things around you.
Just like backbends, inversions really change your view! This new perspective can be enlightening and challenging. Things can really look and feel different upside down, this offers a test of overcoming fear and finding balance.
The more difficult inversions also help to build core strength. Core strength is critical in numerous inversions and must be attained to find success with inversions. In yoga, core strength is important within your practice and makes more postures much easier, and inversions can boost your core!
Some inversion poses include Headstand Pose and Shoulder Stand Pose, known as the King and Mother of all Poses. Simpler inversions can include Standing Forward Bend Pose and even Downward Facing Dog Pose can be thought of as an inversion.
As mentioned earlier, these folds are sort of mini inversions and therefore provide a reversal of blood flow. This fresh blood circulation and oxygen to the brain can do wonders for your focus and concentration. It’s worth noting that forward folds are commonly practiced in class after backbends to help counteract the compression of backbends.